The Connecticut Whale Era is Over

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The Connecticut Whale era has ended, as the team announced plans to return to its previous nickname, the Wolf Pack (for reasons unknown, according to Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant).  The name change appears to signal an official break from the second Howard Baldwin administration, which was overcome by a bad lease and unanticipated expenses […]

Friday Sports Briefs

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UConn to Join Hockey East The University of Connecticut has announced that its hockey program will be stepping up to Hockey East in 2014-15.  A celebration is planned for next Friday: The University of Connecticut will hold a “Welcome To Hockey East” celebration and press conference on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12 noon in the atrium of […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 – Part I

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With 2011 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Tuesday, […]

Howard Baldwin’s Plan to Bring Back the Whalers

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Will the NHL return to Hartford?  Not without a new or refurbished arena, according to the commonly held belief.  Howard Baldwin, President of Whalers Sports and Entertainment and chairman of the Connecticut Whale now has a plan to address this need. Baldwin has unveiled a plan to revitalize the XL Center in Hartford, ultimately leading to the return of […]

Hartford Business Journal on Professional Sports in the Capital

Brad Kane of the Hartford Business Journal has an interesting piece on Hartford as a professional sports city and the UFL’s Hartford Colonials.  The Colonials, who begin their second season on July 12, attracted an average of 14,366 fans to 4 games at Rentschler Field last season according to Kane.  Here is an excerpt from the article with […]

Friday Sports Briefs

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Congratulations to the Boston Bruins As you all know by now, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years.  Boston goalie Tim Thomas was awarded Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.  ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald has written a nice piece on […]

Howard Baldwin: NHL Move to Winnipeg Validates Hartford Strategy

UPDATE: Check out Howard Baldwin’s interview on WFSB’s “Face the State” with Dennis House. The conversation regarding the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, and whether that move bodes well for the return of the Whalers to Hartford, has been going strong for almost a week.  Now Howard Baldwin, former owner of the NHL Whalers and present chairman of […]

If Winnipeg Can Support a NHL Team, Why Not Hartford?

This morning True North Sports and Entertainment is expected to announce its purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers and its intention to move the franchise to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Naturally, Hartford Whalers fans are asking whether this move bodes well for the return of the beloved Hartford Whalers.  Susan Bigelow at CT New Junkie has written an excellent article on this topic.  Here is an excerpt: […]